Ever heard of an Aeropress? It's relatively new to the coffee world, but it's managed to gain a LOT of attention largely due to the fact that, well, it makes a fantastic and unique cup of coffee! The plunger-like brewing contraption was created by Alan Adler, president of Aerobie (yes, the same people behind the unique frisbee) in 2005. After a couple years of promotion at the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America - the "be all, end all" of specialty coffee judgment) and catching the eye of numerous coffee roasters and cafes, the Aeropress has taken off and now claims a decent size of the coffee-drinking market.
The method is quick, simple, and relatively fool-proof. The result is an Americano-like drink that is as clean as a pour-over but as complex as a french press. Here's how it works:
- Measure and grind your coffee - medium roasts work best, ground for fine drip, 22g (approx. two AeroPress scoops) of coffee
- Boil water
- Pull the plunger out of the chamber until the seal is the only part still inside the chamber
- Place your ground coffee into the chamber so it lands on the seal
- Once water has boiled, pour it into a pitcher so it cools (you want the temperature to be around 175 degrees F (80 degrees C) for optimal extraction
- Place a filter in the holed cap
- Pour the water into the chamber, on the ground coffee, until the level reaches the one - give it a stir
- Screw the cap on the open end of the chamber
- Flip it onto a sturdy mug
- Start plunging! Gently press down to maintain pressure for 20-30 seconds.
- VOILA! A "double espresso" - although it tastes best with some hot water ("americano") and some foamy milk is optional.